For the ultimate all-inclusive bucket-list getaway, the Zambezi Queen Collection by Mantis offers a private charter of four luxury houseboats that travel down the Chobe River, the banks of which have one of the world’s largest populations of elephants. Heading out on a tender boat towards Elephant Bay with a guide, allows guests to get an even closer encounter with wildlife with water safari game drives. The Park through which the river flows is also home to a large number of buffalos, leopards, and lions, along with a variety of antelopes and abundant birdlife. Guests who want to test their fishing skills can try their luck at catching a tiger fish, one of the many bream species, African pike, tilapia, catfish or upper Zambezi yellowfish.
Available for exclusive charter, Zambezi Queen by Mantis navigates roughly 25km of the Chobe River and three deluxe vessels – the Chobe Princesses by Mantis – are able to navigate 50km of the river due to their smaller size. In addition to the houseboats, the collection also includes the secluded Ichingo Chobe River Lodge by Mantis which is surrounded by dense forest and located on the quieter Namibian side of the Chobe River. Guests staying there can go on a walking tour to visit a 2,000-year-old baobab tree and learn more about the medicinal and spiritual value of Impalila Island’s flora.
The Zambezi Queen by Mantis features 14 luxurious suites (10 standard suites and four spacious master suites at the bow of the boat). All suites have outer decks, with the master suites boasting two balconies each which provide amazing views of the African landscape. The houseboat also has a plunge pool and social spaces on the upper deck.
Two of the Chobe Princesses by Mantis have four cabins each (three standards and one superior). The third Princess houseboat is larger with five cabins (three standard and two superior). The standard cabins have beautiful large windows that slide open, while the superior cabins each benefit from a private balcony. All of the Chobe Princesses by Mantis offer a spacious lounge and bar area as well as a plunge pool.
The Zambezi Queen Collection by Mantis recently renovated the runway on Impalila Island, situated at the far eastern tip of Namibia. The runway upgrade means guests can charter private aircraft from Namibia and have easier access to all of the Collection.
Sole use of the vessels is available for between 8 and 28 people. The price starts from $670 for staying aboard the Zambezi Queen by Mantis and from $480 for the Chobe Princesses by Mantis. The 2022 rate is per person, per night (based on double occupancy) for either a two-night, three-night or four-night itinerary.
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